Enjoy Seoul as You Please at Ichon-dong!

(National Hangeul Museum Exterior (Credit: National Hangeul Museum))

Since the relocation of The National Museum of Korea to the area in 2000, Ichon-dong has emerged as a popular attraction for family visitors due to the variety of learning opportunities and pleasant retreats. In addition, major attractions like The National Museum of KoreaNational Hangeul Museum, and Yongsan Family Park are located within a 10-minute walking distance from the subway station, allowing convenient access via public transportation. From the inspiring Japan Town’s exotic atmosphere to delicious desserts at fancy cafés, Ichon-dong makes for an outstanding day trip destination. Whether it’s historical insight, cultural experience, or a relaxing vacation you’re seeking, Ichon-dong is sure to satisfy your expectations!

 

National Hangeul Museum: Find yourself surrounded by Hangeul

 

Interior of National Hangeul Museum (Credit (top): National Hangeul Museum)

Interior of National Hangeul Museum (Credit (top): National Hangeul Museum)

Opened in 2014, the National Hangeul Museum offers an excellent environment to learn all about Hangeul, Korea’s alphabet, including its development, changes, and the actual letters themselves. The museum is largely divided into the Hangeul Exhibition Hall, Children’s Museum and Hangeul Learning Center. The Hangeul Exhibition Hall showcases materials related to Hangeul since its creation in 1443 by King Sejong the Great (r.1418-1450), including actual scripts and newspapers from the 19th century, allowing visitors to see how Hangeul developed over time.

Interior of Children’s Museum

Interior of Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum is a children’s learning center equipped with toys and hands-on activities that allow children to have fun with Hangeul. For instance, children can engage in a word-making game using Hangeul consonants and vowels, followed by learning the word’s pronunciation and definition. In addition, at Hangeul Forest, a forest made with Hangeul letters, children will be able to learn basic Korean words such as leaf, tree, forest, and ocean by using objects as well as have fun learning onomatopoeia and mimetic words. Near the Children’s Museum is Hangeul Learning Center, a space that offers a variety of experience programs in English, Japanese, and Chinese for non-Koreans.

 

National Hangeul Museum

☞ Address: 139, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

☞ Directions: Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4, Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 2. Walk straight approx. 430m.

☞ Operating hours: 10:00-18:00, Open all year round

* Closed New Year’s Day and the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day). Open until 21:00 on Saturdays and last Wednesday of every month.

☞ Exhibition Hall and Experience Centers

- Children’s Museum: 10:00-18:00 / Free admission

- Hangeul Learning Center: 10:00-18:00 / Free admission

- Hangeul Exhibition Hall: 10:00-18:00 / Free admission

* Hangeul Exhibition Hall provides guided tours in different languages starting at 13:00 on designated days (Wed: English, Thurs: Chinese, Fri: Japanese). Advance reservation required via phone call at +82-2-2124-6200.

☞ Website: www.hangeul.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

The National Museum of Korea: The heart of Korea’s cultural heritage

 

(The National Museum of Korea (Credit: The National Museum of Korea))

Located within walking distance from the National Hangeul Museum is The National Museum of Korea, a world-class national museum boasting a history of over 70 years since its establishment in 1945. The museum consists of a total of seven floors from B1 to 6F with six main exhibition halls, each focusing on significant themes such as historical eras, religion, arts, crafts, country, and others. Visitors can view a collection of 330,000 historical and cultural artifacts such as Buddhist statues, earthenware, artworks, ornaments, national treasures, and much more.

 

Exterior and interior views of The National Museum of Korea (Credit (bottom): The National Museum of Korea)

Exterior and interior views of The National Museum of Korea (Credit (bottom): The National Museum of Korea)

The museum offers guided exhibition tours to share the stories of artifacts and the value they hold. In particular, the Storytelling Smart Curator tells stories of Korea's cultural remains in a fun and intriguing way, allowing participants to learn about the artifacts from diverse perspectives. Besides the guided tour, The National Museum of Korea also provides a hands-on experience center for children as well as a special exhibition hall that features significant foreign artifacts for a limited period.

 

The National Museum of Korea

☞ Address: 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

☞ Directions: Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4, Gyeongui-Jungang Line), connected through underground passage.

☞ Operating hours: 10:00-18:00, Open all year round

* Closed New Year’s Day and the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day). Open until 21:00 on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and until 19:00 on Sundays and public holidays.

☞ Exhibition Halls and Experience Centers

- Permanent Exhibition Hall, Children’s Museum: Free admission

- Special Exhibition Hall: Admission ticket required

* Fees for Special Exhibition Hall vary by exhibition; fee not required for admission to free special exhibitions.

☞ Website: www.museum.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Yongsan Family Park: Green oasis in the city

 

Grass field plaza and pond at Yongsan Family Park

Grass field plaza and pond at Yongsan Family Park

Of the two major parks in Ichon-dong, Yongsan Family Park is located just a few blocks away from The National Museum of Korea. Yongsan Family Park’s charming scenery seems as if to have come straight out of a children’s book. The park becomes full of golden yellow trees and grass fields during fall, offering a fascinating sight. The park is open to the public day and night all year round.

 

Yongsan Family Park

☞ Address: 185, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

☞ Directions: Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4, Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 2. Walk straight approx. 300m. → Turn right and walk towards the museum. → Turn left at the crossroads before the pond. → Walk approx. 200m.

☞ Operating hours: Open all year round, 24/7

☞ Admission: Free

☞ Park facilities: Taegeukgi Park, grass field plaza, jogging course, forest, etc.

 

Icheon Hangang Park: Revitalize your energy along Hangang River

 

(Ichon Hangang Park)

Ichon Hangang Park is popular not only for its vast field of reeds, but also for its silver grass, cosmos, dandelions and other flowers that seasonally change the park’s scenery and atmosphere. The park is also equipped with public sports facilities that welcome anyone to exercise while at the park. Other facilities include Ichon Ferry, a boat rental shop that allows visitors to enjoy a boat ride on Hangang River, and a bicycle shop renting bicycles at 3,000 won per hour.

 

Ichon Hangang Park

☞ Address: Hangang Park Ichon Information Center, 62, Ichon-ro 72-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

☞ Directions: Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4, Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 4. Walk straight approx. 680m towards Hangang River. → Pass the underground passage

☞ Operating hours: Open all year round, 24/7

☞ Admission: Free

☞ Park facilities: Convenience store, mini soccer field, skate park, bike rental shop, boat rental shop, etc.

 

Japantown Street: A mini-Japan in Ichon-dong

 

Japantown

Japantown

As soon as you step out of Ichon Station Exit 3-1, you will be greeted by colorful and adorable murals decorating the walls. Follow the short but impressive line of murals and they will lead you to an alley of restaurants and dessert cafés. Despite the Vietnamese and Korean cuisine restaurants found along the alley, the surrounding atmosphere radiates an exotic ambience similar to that of Japan, which has led this area to become a popular hang-out for couples.

Interior of Somssi and its dish

Interior of Somssi and its dish

Near the entrance of the alley is Somssi, a Korean restaurant that serves fusion cuisine based on popular traditional Korean dishes. In particular, the lunch special kimchi mari guksu (kimchi noodles) and dwaeji gui (grilled pork) meal offers an excellent balance of spicy and savory flavors, delicious enough to recover any lost appetite. Another popular menu, tteokgalbi (grilled rib patties) meal, is served similar to a Western-style steak, a safe choice for those who are not accustomed to traditional Korean cuisine.

 

Japan Town Street

☞ Address: 72, Ichon-ro 65ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

☞ Directions: Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4, Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 3-1. Walk approx. 88m towards Hangang River. → Cross the street at the three-way intersection in front of Gangbyeon Children’s Park.

 

Somssi

☞ Address: 78, Ichon-ro 65ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

☞ Directions: Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4, Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 3-1. Walk straight approx. 88m towards Hangang River. → Cross the street at the 3-way intersection in front of Gangbyeon Children’s Park. The restaurant is located on 2F of the building to the right.

☞ Operating hours: 11:30-23:00, Open all year round

☞ Signature menus: Kimchi mari guksu + dwaeji gui meal (9,500 won) / Tteokgalbi meal (11,000 won) / Odari fried rice (9,000 won) / Mugeunji kimchi jjigae (7,000 won)

* Operating hours, menus, and prices are subject to change.

 

More Info

☞ Seoul Tourism Organization website: www.visitseoul.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)